Putin Doesn't Give a S**t

  • Aired:  03/25/14
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Senior Russia Correspondent Jessica Williams offers insight into Vladimir Putin's decision to risk Russia's fragile economy for an unattractive, bulbous peninsula. (3:22)

FOR MORE WE'RE JOINED BY OURSENIOR RUSSIAN CORRESPONDENT

JESSICA WILLIAMS.

>> HI.

>> Jon: THANK YOU FOR JOININGUS.

JESSICA, YOU'VE OBVIOUSLYSTUDIED RUSSIAN HISTORY FOR

MANY, MANY YEARS.

PUTIN HAS ISOLATED HIS COUNTRY.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

>> Jon: THERE'S NO QUESTION.

HE HAS RISKED RUSSIA'S FRAGILEECONOMY ALL FOR WHAT IS LET'S

BE HONEST AN UNATTRACTIVELYBULBOUS PENINSULA.

WHY, WHY WOULD HE DO THIS?>> UH, WELL JON,

THE OFFICIAL WORD FROM MOSCOWIS THAT PUTIN, AND THIS IS WHAT

THEY SAID DOESN'T GIVE A(bleep).

>> Jon: THAT'S THE OFFICIALWORD?

>> YEAH. DIPLOMATICCOMMUNIQUE STRAIGHT FROM THEKREMLIN.

>> Jon: BUT RUSSIA HAS BEENPROSPERING THIS COULD CUT IT

OFF FROM -->> DOESN'T GIVE A (bleep).

>> Jon: BUT HONESTLY, IN TERMSOF --

>> NO TANGO GIVE EL(bleep).

>> Jon: I DON'T KNOW WHATLANGUAGE THAT WAS?

>> SPANISH AND A LITTLE BIT OFMY OWN LANGUAGE.

[LAUGHTER]>> Jon: SO THE RIGHT IS SAYING

PUTIN DID THIS BECAUSE HE SENSEDOBAMA'S WEAKNESS, THE WEST'S

WEAKNESS. HARRY REID

SAID IT WAS BECAUSE REPUBLICANSBLOCKED SOME SANCTIONS

AND WERE NOT UNIFIED BEHIND THEPRESIDENT.

>> RIGHT THAT COULD BETHE REASON IF PUTIN

GAVE A (bleep) BUT HE DOESN'T.NOT FOR CONGRESS, NOT ABOUT

OUR PRESIDENT NOT ABOUT THEWEST. YOU WANT TO KNOW

WHO CAUSED THIS? THISGUY AND THIS GUY.

>> Jon: STALIN AND PETER THEGREAT?

>> EXACTLY, JON.

TOWERING FIGURES OF ONCEGREAT RUSSIAN EMPIRE.

REMEMBER IN THE 80s WHEN THEBERLIN WALL FELL AND THE SOVIET

UNION CRUMBLED AND EVERYBODY WASDANCING IN THE STREETS ANDSTUFF.

DID YOU EVER THINK TO LOOK ONTHE OTHER SIDE OF THAT WALL?

>> Jon: ARE YOU SERIOUS?

[LAUGHTER] HE'S SO SAD.

THE TEARS FALLING ON HIS BARECHEST.

BUT JESSICA, WE STILL HAVE LAWS.

YOU CAN'T JUST TAKE TERRITORYBECAUSE YOU WANT IT?

>> REALLY?

>> Jon: YES.

>> HEY JON, WHY DON'T I BE PUTINAND YOU TELL ME THAT.

>> Jon: ROLE PLAY. I THINKTHAT'S WISE.

ALL RIGHT.

PRESIDENT PUTIN WITH ALL DUERESPECT ANNEXING CRIMEA FALLS

OUTSIDE THE LIMITS.

>> TOO LATE, IS MINE NOW!

[LAUGHTER]>> Jon: BUT YOU CAN'T THERE'S

INTERNATIONAL NORMS.

>> THIS IS NICE DESK.

>> Jon: THANK YOU.

>> WOW.

>> Jon: THANK YOU THAT'S -->> PUTIN WANT DESK, JON.

>> Jon: THAT'S NICE.

>> PUTIN WANT DESK.

97% OF PEOPLE SAY TAKE DESK SO ITAKE DESK.

THANK YOU.

>> Jon: YOU CAN'T DO THATTHOUGH.

>> YES, I CAN.

I'M PUTIN.

DESK IS --[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

DESK IS PUTIN'S DESK NOW.

>> Jon: ACTUALLY IF I'M --FIRST OF ALL I DIDN'T REALIZE

YOU WERE AS TALL AS ME SITTINGDOWN.

>> I AM LARGE WOMAN.

>> Jon: THAT IS SOMEWHATUPSETTING EVEN MORE THAN THE

TAKING OF MY LAND.

>> WELL.

>> Jon: THIS IS MY LAND, MYDESK.

>> HISTORICALLY IT'S PUTIN'SDESK.

>> Jon: ALRIGHT, IT'S FINE. YOUARE A JERK!

>> WELL, PUTIN DOESN'T GIVE A(bleep).

IT'S A NICE DESK.

COMFY DESK.

>> Jon: JESSICA WILLIAMS,EVERYBODY.

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